The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) was awarded a Plaque of Recognition by the Municipal Government of Los Baños, led by the Hon. Mayor Caesar P. Perez, in its quadricentennial celebration today, September 17, 2015 at the old site of the Los Baños Municipal Hall.

The award is in recognition of PCAARRD’s contribution in the development of the Los Baños science community, particularly through the program, “Gender and Development (GAD)-oriented program “Gender-Responsive Organic Vegetable Production Livelihood Enterprise for Low-Income Communities of Los Baños, Laguna,” which was launched in July of this year.

Acting Executive Director Reynaldo V. Ebora received the prestigious award. Other recipients of the award are some of the member-agencies of the Los Baños Science Community Foundation Inc. (LBSCFI).

Special guests who graced the occasion were: Hon. Mark T. Lapid, Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) who extolled, in his message, the development of Los Baños as a tourism destination; Hon. Congressman Joaquin M. Chipeco, Jr.; Laguna Governor Ramil L. Hernandez (represented by Vice Governor Katherine C. Agapay; Mutya ng Pilipinas/Ms. Asia Pacific International Leren Mae M. Bautista; among others.

Central to PCAARRD’s participation to Bañamos is the SIPAG ni Juan float. SIPAG stands for Strategic Industry Program for Agri-Aqua Growth, which sums up PCAARRD’s efforts towards productivity improvement of

the various agri-aqua industries through science and technology. (DOST-PCAARRD)(click photo below to enlarge)